Present:                                  Mrs P Raburn                        ) Chairman


                                                Mrs I Adams                          ) Hockwold Parish Council

                                                Mr T Gossage                       )

                                                Mr R Allsop                            )

                                                Mr M Denney             )

                                                Mrs T Sismey                        )

Mrs L Arbour                          )

Mrs E Eade                           )

                                                Squadron Leader Jo Daniel

                                                Peter Morris   - West Norfolk Community Transport Project

                                                Six member of the Public


1.                  MINUTES


Resolved:  That the Minutes of the meeting held on the 8th November 2005 previously circulated be approved and signed by the Chairman.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mrs Sismey




The Chairman welcomed to the meeting Mrs E. Eade our newly co-opted Councillor.


RAF Feltwell – Base Entrance:   Squadron Leader Jo Daniel who was present at the meeting, said she had attended Feltwell’s last meeting and can report that the 30 mph speed limit sign will be moved nearer to Hockwold in the spring.   The question of a pedestrian access was discussed and Sqr Leader Daniel said she would raise this matter when she meet with the N.C.C. in the near future, also mentioned was the question of white lines at the base entrance being renewed.   Jo Daniel reported that they had had a Thanks Giving Service at Ely, that the base had supported a children’s party at Duxford.  It was reported that last Thursday between 7.15 and 7.30 in the early morning only one lane of the new system was in operation, thus creating a long hold-up.  Sqr Leader Daniel said she would look into this matter.  Sqr Leader Daniel also said she would be bringing with her to the next meeting the new Public Affairs Officer.

Jo Daniel then wished all the councillors a Merry Christmas and these wishes were returned.


Casual Vacancy:    Notification has been received from the Borough Council that no election is required and that the council can co-opt a new councillor.   Two letters had been received from parishioners wishing to come on to the council; Mr Tim Fothergill who has been in the village since June 2005 and is on the Electoral Roll, and Miss Sara Goldman who has lived in the village for one and a half years and is also on the Electoral Roll.  A written vote was taken – there were six votes for Mr Fothergill and 2 votes for Miss Goldman, Mr Fothergill was duly co-opted to the council.  The clerk will write to both parties informing them of the results.







Archive:   All the village documents were collected by the Norfolk Records Office in Norwich and they will be fully catalogued.  A record number has been given to all the books etc should anyone wish to see any of the documents.  Unfortunately the Records Office did not require the boxes all the documents were in.  Mrs Sismey suggested that HATS the entertainment club in the village could make use of these boxes she will discuss this matter with them and let the clerk know.


Coach Services cancelled:  Mr Peter Morris, who is in charge of an Independent Charity running 34 Mini-buses in West Norfolk and Breckland – West Norfolk Community Transport Project – Dial-a-Bus, had attended the meeting following on from hearing through NCC of a petition regarding the closure of the Ely and Bury buses.  He explained that they would have to establish a need for such routes and with the permission of Mr & Mrs Crane who were present at the meeting, was given a copy of the petition.  People interested would have to pay a membership fee and fill in the questionnaire to see who would be likely to use such a service.  Mr Crane said it would be only required on Market days.  Mr Morris was confident he could get funds to start such a service if the need was there.   Mr & Mrs Crane and Mr Morris went outside the room to discuss the matter further.


Village Sandpit – Thetford Forest:  Two letters have been received from the Forestry Commission regarding motorbikes using the village Sandpit, and raising the question of has the Parish Council given permission for this activity to take place.  This activity is now reaching unacceptable levels, and the police have now been called in to tackle the problem.  Recently one rider informed a police office that he and his friends had permission from the parish council to use the sandpit.

The council’s last correspondence on this matter was in 1998 when a new barrier was put up across the parishes’ entrance.  This has now been broken.  The commission would like to introduce a legitimate activity on to the site, and knows of two applicants who want to run role play/team building events in the forest; the sandpit would seem suited to this.   Youngsters have been riding bikes etc for years in the sandpit and it was felt that the forestry commission was rather kill joys, this is the village sandpit!!   Mrs Raburn said she is meeting with Mr Giles Drake-Brockman, who wrote the two letters, regarding another matter and will suggest he comes to the next meeting of the Parish Council to discuss this matter fully.


Precepts 2006/2007:   Notification has been received that the Parish’s Precept for 06/07 is due to be completed and returned to the Borough Council by 31st January 2006.  The actual last date for receipt of the figures is 1st March 2006.  The clerk will work out these figures hopefully for the next meeting if not for February’s meeting.


Special Expenses – Hockwold:   As the forthcoming transfer of council housing to Freebridge Community Housing some of the open spaces that had previously been charged to the Housing Revenue Account will not transfer to the housing association but will remain with the borough council and the costs will form special expenses, unless the parish council wish to take over these open spaces.   These expenses amount to £2436.00 i.e. Band D charge per household £7.04.   After some discussion the council did not feel they wanted to take over the work, but felt that the amount would have to be added to the precept, this was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mrs Arbour, all agreed.  Mr Allsop felt we should ask for a reduction in our council tax!!







Highway Matters:    A letter has been received from the Highways informing the council that the drainage problem in Church Lane and Lode Cottage will be looked into.  That street cleaning should be referred to the Borough Council – the clerk said she would write to the Borough about this matter.  Highways also said that the ditch in South Street was necessary to be at this depth in order for it to work correctly.  That it is some distance from the carriageway edge and does not represent a serious problem.  Mr Denney said it was an absolute hazard.  A letter was then read out to the councillors from Mrs E Lawson regarding this ditch, who felt it was dangerous and warning signs should be erected.  Mrs Lawson was a nearly accident last week and feels that this should really be filled in. It was agreed that the clerk should write again to highways sending a copy of Mrs Lawson’s letter.


Citizens Advice Bureau:   A letter has been received from the Brandon and Mildenhall CAB asking for a donation.  After some discussion it was agreed that a cheque for £25.00 be sent.  This was proposed by Mr Denney and seconded by Mr Allsop.


Bus Stop Infrastructure Improvements:   Notification has been received from the N.C.C. that they are working on a programme to improve bus stops throughout the county.  Two bus stops are located in Hockwold and it is hoped this work will take place early next year.  It will entail work to the kerbs and walkways.  The council had already said the bus shelter needed some redecorating, the clerk had spoken to Mr Moore but he would be unable to do any work.  It was agreed that this work be put on hold to see what the NCC do.


Police:   The clerk had written to the police regarding the parking of vehicles on grass verges and close to junctions, making it difficult for vehicles coming out of side streets.  A letter has been received from the police saying that P.C. Asker will be looking into these problems and contacting the Council direct.


Boundary Road:   A letter has been received from a resident from Boundary Road asking if the street sign for Boundary Close could be loved nearer to Boundary Close, as people have difficulty ascertaining where Boundary Road is.  It was agreed that the clerk should send a copy of this letter to Borough Council asking for this matter to be sorted out.


NCC Budget 2006/07;    Notification has been received from the NCC regarding their budget from the Government for the next two years.  Details of this will be given in a special edition of Norfolk Matters which will be sent out after Christmas also enclosing a questionnaire for completion giving Parish Councils a chance to express their views before the NCC debate the budget on 22 February 2006.


Amalgamation of Police Forces:  Meetings are being held to discuss these amalgamations one has already happened before the Parish Council received its letter and the other is in Acle on 22nd Dec 05.   It was agreed that the clerk should ring and state the above saying they were not able to give their opinion.


NCC Gritting Routes:   A copy of NCC gritting routes has been received they still only show Hockwold as having Main Street and Malts Lane as being gritted.  In the Past the Parish Council has asked for more streets to be gritted but this has been refused.






Mayor’s Civic Awards:   Notification has been received from the Mayors office in King’s Lynn regarding the Civic Awards for Voluntary Service and also Award for Design in the Environment.  No one felt they could nominate anyone for such awards.


Western Area Mobile Police Office:   Timetables have been received up until June 2006 of dates the Mobile Police Office will be around.  Copies of the Mobile Police office dates and places were given to Councillors.


Home Start:   Details have been received from this organisation in King’s Lynn regarding volunteers throughout the area.  It was agreed that this notice be placed on the Parish Notice Board as requested.


W.N.B.C.K.L. – Traditional Orchards:  A letter has been received from the Borough regarding saving traditional orchards within the Borough.  It was felt this was not relevant as Hockwold has no orchards.


East Cambridgeshire District Council:   A copy of their Local development Framework has been received – it was agreed this should be passed round for councillors to read and make comments if they wished.


English Nature – Site of Special Scientific Interest:   A letter has been received about the Breckland Farmland Site and should it should be managed, giving a list if grant guidelines if necessary.


Side Table:   Details from the Norfolk Record Office, English Nature – Sitelines Issue 54,

N.C.A.P.T.C. - details of seminars to be held in the new year regarding Quality Parish Status and Initiative Challenging Parishes, Cambridgeshire County Council Draft statement of Community Involvement.  Norfolk Link – copies given to councillors.



Ref: 05/02257/F                                            Name:  Mr & Mrs K J Wheeldon

                                                                                      3 Nursery Lane

Location – 3 Nursery Lane                                         Hockwold Thetford

Details – Conservatory Extension                            Norfolk IP 26 4ND

This was received directly after our last meeting.  The Chairman looked at the plans and they were passed to two other councillors who all agreed there were no Objections to this application.

Ref: 05/02301/F                                            Name:  Mr & Mrs P Sizer

                                                                                      45 Main Street

Location – Land east of 45 Main Street                   Hockwold Thetford

Details – Dwelling & Garage                                     Norfolk

This was received directly after our last meeting.  The Chairman and to councillors looked at the plans, reservations were expressed as there were no measurements on the plans but otherwise there were no objections.


Mr Colin English 57 Main Street Hockwold – vehicular access to 57 Main Street,

Miss B Webb & Mrs T Sismey – construction of two dwellings at Dairy Farm, Mill Lane Hockwold.

These Permissions were recorded.




4.                  BILLS OF ACCOUNTS


Payments:      13.12.05         Pearce & Kemp – Lights Maintenance                  £102.60

                                                Mrs G Taylor – Wages, Stationery, Allot. Com.     £297.11

                                                Mr M Moore – Bus Shelter                                       £  18.00

                                                CAB – Donation                                                        £  25.00

It was proposed by Mrs Sismey and seconded by Mr Denney that these accounts be paid.


5.                  ANY OTHER BUSINESS


Wades Terrace:   Mr English who is due to move to Wades Terrace early next year has had a conservatory put up – no planning permission has been sort.  Mr Denney said that this building was within the size range that did not need permission.


Footpaths:   Complaints have been received from riders of mobility vehicles no drop kerbs have been placed at the entrance to Harrison Way – they have to cross over the road to get passed the roadway.  The clerk will write to Highways about the matter as it is thought the estate is soon to be completed.


Reeves Lane:    It was reported that there is a light out in Reeves Lane outside Mrs Harrison’s House, the clerk will report this matter.


State of the Village:   One again the untidy state of the village was commented on.  Overhanging shrubs and trees within the village, this will be mentioned in the report in the village Magazine.  South Street has still not be cleared up.  Mr Denney said it made one feel that being on the Parish Council is a waste of time and a thankless job to do!!


Malts Lane:   One of the Malts Lane street signs is coming unstuck; the clerk will report this to the borough council.


With regard to the grass cutting etc within the village, would it not be possible for the whole of the Denton Ward to get together to get the work done.   The clerk will speak to other clerks regarding this matter.


6.         DATE OF NEXT MEETING      It was agreed that the next meeting of the Council should be on Tuesday 10th January 2006 at 7.30pm.

As there was no other business the Chairman Mrs Pat Raburn wished everyone a ‘Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Near’ and closed the meeting at 9.10 pm.


One copy to each member of the Council

One copy for Mr A White Norfolk County Councillor

One copy to Mrs C Sharp District Councillor

One copy to Mr M Peake District Councillor

One copy to Mr M Storey District Councillor

One copy to Downham Market Police Station

Two copies for display within the village

One copy for Hockwold’s Website

One copy for the Minute Book